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Has feminism achieved its aims?
on 6 December 2009
This little book is - I would suggest - one of the most important publications of recent years concerning the way feminism operates today. It asks some uncomfortable questions about how consumerism has taken such a hold on women to the extent that many are simply concerned with buying the current 'must have' designer handbag rather than trying to change the world for the better.
The author argues that feminism has lost the plot and the position of women is not improving. She highlights the way women's bodies are objectified - even by women themselves, and deplores the prevailing fashion which decrees women must imitate porn stars. 'Sex and the City' shows women obsessed with their appearance, buying the latest consumer desirable and obsessing over whether their latest man is 'The One'. Feminism seems to have lost the plot when appearance is the only thing that matters in every sphere of life.
Feminism has been subsumed into the idea of feeling better about oneself whatever one does and recent books about feminism aimed at young women are all about self esteem rather than about the politics of women's position in the world. I urge anyone interested in these issues to read this book - especially if you feel feminism has lost the battle or even the war.